In Defense of Play: What Will it Take to Get Parents,...

The first time I taught a course on play, I used the term Play Defenders. I told my students, as future early childhood educators,...

The Boy Scouts of America: Proudly Sponsored by the NRA

Like a “Shooting Sports” merit badge stitched to a Boy Scout’s sash, gun culture is part of the fabric of American childhood. While parenting...

Recess Is More Than Just Child’s Play

Recess is in distress. That all-important chance to refresh mind and body in the middle of a stressful school day is in danger of...

Philly’s $500 Million Parks Project Needs a Little Help From Teens

Over the next seven years, Philadelphia will invest $500 million in revitalizing the city’s parks and recreation centers. The goal of the project, titled...

Why Kids Need Risk, Fear, and Excitement in Play

“Be careful!” “Not so high!” “Stop that!” Concerned parents can often be heard urging safety when children are at play. Recent research suggests that this...

Why Make-Believe Play Is an Important Part of Child Development

Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child pretending to be someone else. Make-believe play is a ubiquitous part...

Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play: Why Does It Matter?

Being a kindergartner today is very different from being a kindergartner 20 years ago. In fact, it is more like first grade. Researchers have demonstrated...

The Upside of Playful Risk

Summer is here, time for kids’ action adventure. Reread that opening sentence. Did you think of movies released in the summertime? Or did you think of...

Leisure Time in a Small Town

Well, in case you had notions to the contrary, I’m here to tell you that a small Danish town isn´t exactly a fountain of...

Play With Me

In January 2015, I moved to a small town in rural Denmark with my husband and two young sons. Only two weeks before, we’d...

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